Earth Day Symposium

The Symposium has been an annual educational and networking event for local government, community leaders and planning professionals. It provided tools for implementing environmental initiatives in new projects throughout the St. Louis area.

For 2016, St. Louis Earth Day will NOT be hosting our Symposium, but we will be working with a conglomerate of institutions in the area to produce one large conference in early 2017, addressing many of the sustainability issues discussed at past symposiums. For more information about the new event, please contact Jen Myerscough at

Thanks you to all who participated. Please take a moment to answer a few questions so we can continue to bring you relevant content at future symposium.

2015 St. Louis Earth Day Symposium

WHEN: June 3, 2015

  • Registration and breakfast begin at 8am
  • Presentations begin at 8:30am
  • Poster Session starts at 4:00pm and includes a reception for all attendees.
  • See full agenda here.

WHAT: The Earth Day Symposium provides educational and networking opportunities for local government officials, community leaders, and professionals from diverse backgrounds in the planning and environmental fields. This year’s Symposium will be focused on “Livable Communities.”

WHERE: St. Louis University ll Monastero, St. Louise Room
3050 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

Il Monastero Banquet Center is 1/2 mi East of Grand and 1/2 mi West of Jefferson on the NE corner of the SLU main campus.  There is limited parking available on-site and a parking garage at the corner of Compton and Olive.

When leaving the garage, use the Lindell/Olive Street exit only and buzz the guard at the gate. Announce that you attended St. Louis Earth Day Symposium and parking will be FREE.


  • Bike – bike rack is available onsite.
  • Use the Metro – the venue .5 miles from the Grand MetroLink Station
  • Carpool
  • Don’t forget to pack your reusable coffee mug and/or water bottle!

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Online registration has ended. Walk-in registration is available:

  • Regular: $85
  • Sponsor (employee/member): $75
  • Student: $40

2015 Program Overview

photo credit: Olivia Engel

New urban greenery. Photo credit: Olivia Engel

Attendees will learn about current and future sustainability practices that are changing the face of our cities and neighborhoods, while creating a positive environmental, social, and political impact in our communities. Focus will be on transportation, food, biodiversity and community within a livable community. Attendees will also learn about successes in communities across the U.S. and how those projects are being used as models here at home. Presenters include national and local experts.

Through an interdisciplinary approach and networking opportunities, attendees will connect and engage with others, understand their work in a greater context, and learn from both peers and regional experts. 


  • Transportation: Alternative transportation; safe, accessible walkways and bike ways; Complete Streets
  • Food: Local food production; residential composting; food hubs; equal access to healthy, local food; addressing challenges
  • Biodiversity: Green infrastructure; soil health and pollination; land labs; rain gardens
  • Community: Environmental justice; green jobs; urban economic development; neighborhood greenways

View Agenda 

Documentation provided for self reporting Continuing Educational/Professional Development Credits. (ASCE, APA, AICP, ASLA)

Symposium Sponsors

American Planning Association – St. Louis Metropolitan Section  •  American Society of Civil Engineers – St. Louis (Environmental and Water Resources Group)  •  American Society of Landscape Architects  •  East-West Gateway Council of Governments  •  Franciscan Sisters of Mary  •  Great Rivers Greenway  •  Greenway Network •  Madison County Planning and Development  •  MSD Project Clear • Missouri American Water •   Missouri Department of Conservation • Saint Louis University – Center for Sustainability • Whole Foods Market

Symposium Partners

Horticulture Co-op of Metro St. Louis • Missouri Botanical Garden – Earthways Center •  Missouri Department of Natural Resources  • Regional Chamber of Commerce • SCI Engineering  • St. Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium • US Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter • Washington University – Office of Sustainability

Symposium Planning Committee

Year after year, the Symposium is stitched together by a team of volunteer professionals and community leaders under the facilitation of St. Louis Earth Day. Without their help, the event would pale in comparison to the vibrant program that returns year after year. Their expertise helps identify the most pressing environmental issues of the day and recruit top-notch speakers from across the region.  Meet the 2015 committee members.

Interested in being part of our planning committee?
Contact: to get involved.